Precision Ag News 2/19

Carrie Muehling

  • The non-profit Soil Health Academy announced it has received a $1.65 million grant from global food company General Mills to educate and mentor wheat and oat producers in targeted regions of the U.S. and Canada as they transition from conventional agricultural practices to soil health-focused regenerative agriculture practices.
  • Bayer announced pipeline project advancements and newly unveiled research in a dedicated research and development (R&D) pipeline update for the Crop Science Division. In 2019, Bayer’s pipeline delivered 55 key project and formulation advancements while providing farmers around the world with more than 450 newly commercialized hybrids and varieties of corn, soybeans, cotton and vegetables.
  • December 2020 saw mixed results in overall U.S. sales of tractors and self-propelled combines. Total farm tractor sales grew compared to January of last year while combines fell by a quarter, according to the latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.
  • Kubota Tractor Corporation unveiled its newest compact tractor, the B2401, adding two new models to its popular B01 Series of compact tractors – the new B2401DT and the B2401DT Narrow.
  • Kubota Tractor Corporation also unveiled its new LX Series to the company’s compact tractor line.
  • The National Association of Conservation Districts recognized winners of its national service awards at the organization’s 2020 Annual Meeting Appreciation Banquet.
  • The Southern Weed Science Society recognized University of Florida professor Stephen Enloe with its 2020 Outstanding Educator Award at the organization’s 73rd annual meeting in late January in Biloxi, Mississippi.
  • With the recent launches of the Speed-Tiller™ high-speed disk and AFS Soil Command™ seedbed sensing technology, and a new configuration for the Ecolo-Til™ 2500, Case IH is continuing its commitment to develop and provide agronomically correct soil management solutions for use in the 2020 season.
  • The Soil Health Institute has made significant enhancements to its Soil Health Research Landscape Tool, an online library and search engine of soil health-related research papers, reports, and other publications.
  • Valley® Irrigation is announced a partnership with Cordoba Technologies, Inc., an innovator in automated, high-precision application systems for crop protection products.
  • Florida blueberry growers can now use an updated web-based tool to fight anthracnose fruit rot (AFR) with more precision, thanks to work by UF/IFAS experts. The weather-based Blueberry Advisory System, released on Jan. 31, sends growers alerts that tell them when environmental conditions favor the development of AFR, a fungus that can severely damage blueberries.
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